Chez Pierre Bahamas
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We really should not believe these weather forecasts - the wind was due to die at the weekend but chose to disappear today as we are half way in transit to Long Island. Having left early again, We ended up motoring 70 miles in very calm seas but very tedious. Good time to catch up on some sleep and for Eric to polish the steel! He was so engrossed he forgot to wake Sally to tell her a large container ship was near by and we needed to change tack! Arrived at 6pm and settled ...
... water, and a slice of lime). We ate lobster, conch and papaya to our stomach's content. We swam at beautiful resort beaches and at secluded spots where we were the only ones there to snorkel with the fishes. Our experiences on Long Island are folded into memories of colour, beauty, warmth and kindness. Thank-you Mike and Marianne. Thank-you Bahamas. To you we toast: "May the Long Island sand flow slowly through your ...
Today is our last day before heading back to Nassau, then Newark, on to Zurich and finally arriving in Athens on Friday. We've spent our last couple of mornings working on and around Mike and Marianne's house, going swimming and snorkelling in the afternoon, and then finding a Happy Hour somewhere. Dinner tonight is take-away from Mario's--pumpkin soup, cracked conch, grouper, lobster, potato salad and cole slaw. A veritable Bahamian ...
Just a few things we have learned since arriving on Long Island in the Bahamas: Long Island is 80 miles long and 4 miles wide with a population of 4,000. Although Yuma is its original name that was used by the Arawaks, it was renamed Fernandina by Christopher Columbus on his first voyage to the New World in 1492, and got its current name of Long Island from a seafarer who thought it took too long to pass the island when he was sailing ...
... shallow obstacles. No more Cat-Island-style blasting along at breakneck speeds ¼ mile off shore! Connecting the waypoint dots along depths as little as 6 feet is the norm here. There are large areas far from shore that are dry or nearly dry at low water, or are unsurveyed shifting sand bores and, thus, are altogether unnavigable. In contrast, as if making up for this extreme, the southern third of the west side of the island is ...
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Having returned from canceling our full stay at Chez Pierre, I would just like to make sure you understand the reality of this resort. It IS remote !!! It IS private. And it IS a long way from anything else of interest . Plan on using a whole day if you are scuba diving,as our group was, plus add the cost of taxi or rental car. MAINLY, IT IS BASIC !!!!
Do not go with a group expecting hang out if you go in the off season like we did! There is absolutely no shade. There was a sign posted at the restaurant/bar/porch ( the only place to go beside your cabin)that you had to buy your drinks from them ! Mosquitoes were horrible. Not their fault. But no where to go to avoid them except sitting in your own cottage. Luckily I had brought a little bit of duck tape to close the long crack in the screen frame. It was too hot to use the mosquito netting provided for the bed.
I have reread their web site, and no where do I see where it mentions the brackish water. After reading about it on this web site, they confirmed this with me... after we paid our deposit. ...and after the 60 day cancelation notice. Read "salty" water, after being in the salt water all day ! Bring your own soap, or be prepared to BUY it from them. But 3 days without a clean towel is not so bad, IF you weren't wiping off salt water ! Be prepared to buy your ice from them, too. They had half a little ice bucket available, for 4 people, the day we arrived, at the cost of $ 2.50 .Soooooo...the prices looks cheap, unless you figure in all the add ons, but believe me it is just a step above camping. Excuse me, a piling above...so just be aware.
The perfect escape
We spent 5 days at Pierre's resort on long Island and we enjoyed the quietness and excellent food provided along with some sightseeing.
It has been the best value for money spot we've seen during our trip.
Almost everyone enjoys a vacation. A vacation that combines a new place with a new mode of vacation can be great and it can be a disaster. A little research helps remove the unknowns and eliminate the disasters. My wife and I just completed a five day stay in a new place with a new mode of vacation. Her research was exhaustive. And still, we were not prepared. Yet, we are going back, anxiously, as soon as we can. It's that good!
Chez Pierre is REMARKABLE. Even their outstanding web site at ------------------- does not adequately prepare one for their resort. No one going to Chez Pierre is expecting a Sandals or Secrets or other big all-inclusive resort with all the trimmings. Yet, Chez Pierre exceeds every expectation one might have for a small family owned and operated resort. After enjoying several big resorts with all the frills, I found myself more relaxed and having more fun at Chez Pierre. MUCH more fun. And, we were able to meet some real people and enjoy honest quiet conversation during meals and more.
The Bahamas are often hit by hurricanes and Long Island, where Pierre built his resort, is not spared. But Long Island is so far south that it is seldom hit. Take a look at the hurricane tracks on the Internet. There was no damage evident this Thanksgiving after the two hurricanes virtually destroyed Treasure Cay and the rest of Abaco way up north. I'm not saying Pierre didn't have work to do to recover, but the beach was spotless when we were there and the big house and all the cabins had intact screens on all the openings.
Getting to the Bahamas is a challenge. It can be very Caribbean; "take it 'teasy, mon" comes to mind when dealing with even major U.S. carriers flying into Nassau; much less the local airlines. Be very firm with either if they cause you to miss a flight. We had to stay in Nassau overnight because Bahamasair canceled a flight. And "take it 'teasy, mon" is good advice. You'll get there, eventually. There is a new direct flight from Ft. Lauderdale to Stella Maris on Long Island that hopefully will greatly improve reliability. It will also increase tourism to Long Island; I leave it to you to decide if that is good or bad.
Long Island is still relatively primitive, when compared to many of the other Caribbean islands. Electricity was added island-wude about nine years ago, when Pierre started working on his Chez Pierre. The very nice road from the northern tip to the southern tip was finished and paved about the same time. In all matters, I chose to look at Long Island through a glass, half full. There is a world-class blue hole. Snorkeling on the Atlantic side is outstanding and on the Caribbean side even better. The beaches on the Caribbean side are pristine; on the Atlantic side pretty well pounding with the surf driven by the Atlantic trade winds. There is scuba diving available and ought to be great based on the snorkeling quality. One can snorkel and "harvest" lobster just yards from Chez Pierre at the little island within an easy paddle on Pierre's two person sea kayak.
Chez Pierre is one big house (home to Pierre and Ann and their two children, at least two cats, and one very friendly golden Labrador) and six cabins. Sam, the Labrador, is supposed to stay outside during meals but can open the screen door himself. While we were there, everyone was an animal lover and we drove Pierre crazy, I bet, petting Sam. The six cabins are spread out on the beach. I mean, ON THE BEACH. Bring some soap that works in brackish water in the shower. You get a gallon of drinking water a day for drinking in your cabin and teeth brushing and face washing and hair rinsing, it's plenty. Bring bug spray and mosquito repellant. Bring lots of sunscreen. And bring reading material. It's that kind of place. Relax. There are little stores only a few miles to the south where you can get what you forgot. Oh, yeah, EVERYTHING, except Chez Pierre, is closed on Sunday.
Now, for the best part. Pierre is a chef. I mean, without a doubt, a real no-kidding honest-to-goodness, first class blue ribbon chef. Breakfast the very first day was better than even my favorite "greasy spoon" diner at home. For lunch, the menu is extensive when you consider that the kitchen is right over there and Pierre is the only one in there cooking. I chose an Italian sausage and pasta dish. Even after living in Naples, Italy for two and a half years, Pierre's version was better than any I have had. The second day, I had a cheese and tomato sandwich that was a taste sensation. It was so good that I repeated the treat every lunch after that. And naturally, Pierre's french fries taste like French fries should taste. Pierre prepared a set supper for the guests which was always exquisite. They stock a great wine cellar and often have some really great imported beer. I really enjoyed the local beer, a very light lager. I can not praise the food enough. The price of the visit was well worth it in food alone. Add the relaxation of the cabin and the beach and Chez Pierre is on our very short list of places to return visit.
If you want to relax and don't need spas and massages and seven hundred strangers sharing the buffet with you, then go to Chez Pierre. Besides, the food is better.
A Gem of a Place
I stayed at Chez Pierre for 3 days in June and itwas a fantastic experience!! The food and Pierre the host was the icing on the cake. I'll be back!
Vacation of a lifetime
Had planned to visit Long Island for 6 days, & found this resort on the internet & decided to try it out. Upon arrival the owner showed us to our cottages, which were ideal sitting on the beach & the rooms were very clean & quaint with a fantastic view of the beach & water along with great sunrises, sunsets, & sparkling moon on the water. The owner was very attentive to our needs & extremely helpful to accomodate in every way. The meals were FANTASTIC to say the least. It's an ideal place to get away with the beautiful beach, water, & quiet surroundings. Upon our 5th day there we were caught on the island by Hurricane Frances & unable to leave the island. Again the owner, Pierre, was most gracious to extend any help neccessary, along with helping to provide family & friends back home with our status of safety & well being. It was quite the experience to sit through a hurricane, but Pierre made every effort to make sure we were well taken care of in the mist of the disaster. I could not have been better taken care of anywhere else! Even after the hurricane it's still one of the most beautiful places on the island, along with the greatest food you ever ate, & would miss so much if you hadn't stayed there.
Incredible value for money
The Bahamas is not the cheapest place to visit and so when I saw Chez Pierre advertised on the internet I booked it more because it was the only place we could afford rather than any other reason! We were visiting the Bahamas for my sister's wedding on New Providence Island and were keen to explore more of the Bahamas than just the main tourist capital.
On arrival we were greeted by Pierre and shown to our cabin. The pictures on the website, although beautiful, did not prepare us for the incredible view of the bay, and we sat for a while on the small decking area of the cabin soaking in our surroundings. The next five days were spent relaxing, reading, swimming, snorkelling, kayaking and eating. As observed by others, the food is excellent and breakfast and dinner are included in the price ($120 per night per room!). Pierre also made us delicious sandwiches for lunch on request and for just a few dollars.
We hired a car through Pierre to explore the island (also excellent value at $55 a day) and would recommend visiting Dean's hole, Cape Santa Maria Resort (for fantastic beaches and pina coladas) and the Columbus monument. There are too many beautiful beaches to mention here, but buy a rough guide and follow their recommendations!
The holiday surpassed our expectations, although the lack of air conditioning was a slight issue in mid August temperatures! We bypassed the sulphur smell mentioned in another review by only using the cold water tap for showering (which became a perfect lukewarm temperature in the summer heat!). The brackish water from the showers started to become a problem towards the end of the stay, as combined with the excessive heat, we started to feel a little salty! However, the positives by far outweighed the negatives and we would love to visit again. Thanks Pierre for a fantastic holiday!
Best Week Ever!!!!!
My wife and I were looking for a complete getaway, we didn't fish, we didn't rent a car, we didn't do much of anything and had the best time of our lives. Anne and Pierre were incredibly friendly and our cottage was clean, comfortable and cozy. We can't wait to go back and lay out on the beautiful beach for hours and eat 5 star meals from Pierre's kitchen!
Chez Pierre -outstanding value
My wife and I just got back from an outstanding vacation( 9 day) at Chez Pierre on lovely and non touristy Long Island.We stayed at Chez Pierre and had breakfast and dinner there each night.
The food was great....Pierre prepared very interesting , tasty, and abundent dishes each night --breakfast was a hearty as you desired from simple toast /coffee/juice to French Toast/Eggs/Bacon.If you catch fish ,he wil even prepare it for you.
What makes this place special is the gentle attention that Pierre and his wife,Ann,give you each and every day to make sure you are satisfied with your stay.Ann booked the car,the guide--made all the land arrangements so the car was waiting at the airport(with an airport drop off).The fact that everything worked out as planned and suggested by her,made this an absolutely hastle free vacation.
We are experienced 30 year travelers in the Bahamas/Central America/South America----and this has to be the best value in the Western Hemisphere.
The lodging is simple and private--each elevated "cabin" a mere 50 yards from the water.You wake up and go to sleep ,to the sounds of waves breaking on the shore.And the beach?Beautiful sand---as much privacy as you want!
We are planning to go back for 4 days in late April.
Good value at Chez Pierre
I read a an excellent review about Chez Pierre, as well as a poor review, so I decided to try it out.
From the three places I stayed, I found this place to be the best value on Long Island; however, it might not be for everyone because it is NOT plush.
Here are the things I liked best, as well as some things to consider:
Things I liked best: 1. BEAUTIFUL beach!!! You sleep in a bungalow that is right on the beach and it is wonderful.
There is no place with a beach where you get closer and get to hear the quiet lapping of the shore like this.
2. GREAT food!!! Pierre is a very good cook and they include dinner and breakfast with the rate of the room! My dinner started with a nice mixed green salad with fresh tomato and a vinagrette dressing. The main course was grilled grouper with a side of pasta, fresh rolls, etc. Dinner was very tasty and a good portion. I chose a nice red wine (with Anne's help) and it was a fine meal...did I mention that it was included with the price of the stay!
The following morning, they were cooking french toast, omlettes, eggs, etc. I chose an omlette and this was complimented with toast, fresh grapes, orange juice, coffee, etc.
Again, this was included in the rate of the room.
3. The rate was $99 for my stay and it would have been less if I stayed for 3 days or more. This was by far the best value that I found...hands down.
4. They arranged a rental car for me from a local Bahamian at a very competitive rate. This was also an excellent value...much better than I found anywhere else.
5. I liked the family that ran the place. It is a husband and wife, with 2 children, a dog, some cats, etc. This is a small family business and I liked the atmosphere.
Things that might not be a fit for you: 1. The water comes from a well that has a sulphur smell. I did not mind much; however, it is not for everyone.
2. There is no air conditioning. In my opinion, air conditioning was not needed due to fine breezes at night; however, it meant that I needed to shave with a razor and foam the next morning (rather than an electric) because it is a bit muggy sometimes.
3. Not highly private...but, certainly private enough for me. You're getting to hear nature...which means that you get to hear nature!
4. If you don't like little kids, it is not for you. This is a family business and they work hard to make you feel at home...including a small child waving at you here and there!
So...overall, I found it to be a great experience. I would definitely go back for dinner and I would likely stay again if I'm down at Long Island.
NOTE: I liked all of the places that I stayed, but, this provided the most for the buck.
Warm Greetings at Chez Pierre
Our first trip to Long Island was probably the best holiday I have taken in a long time. Chez Pierre Bahamas is a simple but elegant place for a nice relaxing vacation.
The rooms all over look the beach and ocean and there is no need for air conditioning since the tradewinds help keep you cool day and night.
Chef Pierre uses the freshest local seafoods to bring you his own creations each day. Breakfast and Dinner were included in our package and lunch was a minimal fee and was adequate while out on the water fishing.
We chartered a fishing guide named Locksley Cartwright. He was a great guide and a lot of fun to fish with on the flats. We are in the fishing industry in Key West and were very happy with the days we spent fishing with Locksley. He has some superior knowledge being a native to Long Island, Bahamas and not only showed us some great fishing and diving but also a tour of the southern half of the island including the Long Island Museum.
I would recommend this island getaway highly to people who enjoy the simplicity of a great relaxing time where you don't dress up for dinner, don't mind sand in your shoes, and enjoy nature and a new adventure in a new place. Keep in mind you are on an island and resources are limited. The water we used to shower was brackish (salt and fresh) but we had a few jugs of fresh water to rinse with and that's all that we needed.
Anyone looking for a great adventure on a new Bahamian island should visit Chez Pierre.